In a culture of both church and society which emphasizes feeling, freedom, immediate gratification, and self-expression, have we deleted endurance from our list of virtues? These portraits of faith from Hebrews include tragedy as well as triumph, failure as well as success. Both experiences are familiar to us and both are descriptions of the life of trust in God. We are called to draw strength from the enduring witness of these pilgrims in the faith as well as confidence from the model of Jesus Christ himself (12:2). We are literally surrounded by a cloud of witnesses who cheer us on as we run with perseverance the race that is set before us!